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WILD HONEY HUNTING AROUND NEPAL HIMALAYA

nepal honey hunting

Nepal honey hunting

“a special and unique adventure wild honey hunting in primitive native style”

An adventure of a life time experience on Wild Nepal Honey Hunting around Nepal Himalaya, fascinating journey towards Mid North West Himalaya around remote and isolated Eastern Annapurna and Lamjung Himal where you can enjoy beautiful views in the shadow of Gurung old traditional culture and custom. Starting with scenic sweeping flight across Himalayan Panorama to Pokhara Valley, second largest valley of Nepal, where our Wild Nepal Honey Hunting around Nepal Himalaya adventure begins, witness magnificent Mt. Dhaulagiri and Annapurna range, Lamjung and Manaslu with Mt. Machhapuchare, the Fish Tail that towers towards Himalayan clear blue sky.

Our Wild Nepal Honey Hunting around Nepal Himalaya is another adventurous sports, newly and fresh adventure Wild Nepal Honey Hunting. Started around mid hills Himalayan villages since past thousand years, the traditional sport of wild Nepal honey hunting among villagers still exists, where you can take part in it or just observe the daring cultural adventure of old traditions. Wild Honey Hunters of Nepal was well exposed in National Geography magazine with documentary films some two decades ago, now this tradition has become one of the best adventure sports where you can travel around remote and isolated villages where Wild Nepal Honey Hunting still takes its pristine forms.

A mesmerizing journey on the mid hills of the great Himalayan range of mountains passing through verdant alpine forests and traditional Gurung villages famous for wild honey, a local tradition of sustainable income of the natives of Siklis and Lamjung Himal area. This trip allows you to be in the midst of traditional local villages an unspoiled area and in the less trekked region by westerners.

Nepal Honey Hunting

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

Day 02: In Kathmandu free day optional tour and trip preparations.

Day 03:  Fly to Pokhara 30 minutes flight drive to Mardi and trek to Lampath 1,010m.

Day 04: Trek to Khairpani 1,370 m – 05 hrs.

Day 05: Trek to Ghale- Kharaka 1, 810m -05 hrs.

Day 06: Trek to Nauli Kharka 2,550 m – 04 hrs.

Day 07: Trek to Siklis 2,030 m -05 hrs.

Day 08: Rest day at Siklis for local excursion.

Day 09: Trek to Hoga Goth 2,400 m – 05 hrs.

Day 10-11:  At Hoga Goth hike to Wild Honey area near the glaciers.

Day 12:  Trek back to Siklis – 05 hrs.

Day 13: Drive to Pokhara at Lake side (2 hours drive).

Day 14: Drive or fly back to Kathmandu.

Day 15: International Departure.

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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu from respective international flight.

On arrival in Kathmandu received by our guide with short drive to your hotel in the hub of Kathmandu city, where you will join with other members of Wild Honey Hunting Around Nepal Himalaya Trekking, our guide will brief with information regarding trekking – hotels-culture with do’s and don’ts, includes welcome dinner in a nice and typical Nepali restaurant with culture programs.


Day 02: In Kathmandu free and spare day.

In Kathmandu free day for individual activities and shopping souvenirs or join in our interesting tour of Kathmandu-Patan and Bhaktapur, full of world heritage site of historical-culture and religious importance, afternoon preparation for Wild Honey Hunting trekking.


Day 03: Drive to Pokhara onwards and 2 hrs walk to Mardipul at Lampath 1,010m.

Morning departure from Kathmandu for the drive to Pokhara, on arrival meet our trekking staffs then start the journey towards Seti River to camp high from the river at Lampatha. From here, the early morning views of the Annapurna Himal are spectacular.


Day 04: Trek to Khairpani 1,370m -05 hrs.

Leaving the campsite at Lampatha or Mardipul then following the banks of the Seti River upstream. On reaching a small village of Mardipul, it is time for the first stop in the local Chettris and Brahmin villages. Crossing the river, heading north through the villages of Lhachok and Ghachok. These straggling linear settlements provide much human interest.  The valley has relatively fertile soils as can be seen from the intensive use of the terraced hillsides. The day’s walk is easy, with a slight altitude gain. Our campsite is at the Gurung village of Dhipang (Khairpani). The wide river terraces of the Seti River narrows into a more pronounced V-shaped gorge where it flows from the source of Mt. Machhapuchare, Annapurna III and IV glacier.


Day 05: Trek to Ghale Kharka 1,810m - 05 hrs.

From Khairpani, our route head east, crossing Seti River which is a short distance upstream from the village. Located a few meters downstream are a few small hot springs, although the icy cold water of the Seti is not warm enough for bathing. From here the route climbs steadily through the terraced fields of Khajibung, the path levels off after a short a steep staircase with excellent snow capped mountains scenery. Trek continues towards the ridge, reaching the saddle, before descending to the less visited Gurung village of Chyanglung. After a brief stop here, descend to the Sardi Khola for lunch. After lunch, afternoon walk leads to a steep climb through terraced fields and to the village of Kyabrang. From here a further climb to the top of the ridge brings to the campsite which offers magnificent panoramic views of the Annapurna’s and of Mt. Machhapuchare (Fish Tail).


Day 06: Trek to Nauli Kharka 2,550m - 05 hrs.

The next two days of the trek passes through the serene heavily forested ridge, which separates the Seti and Mardi Valley. Morning walk leads through enchanting oak, rhododendron and bamboo forest.  For the naturalist, the orchids and birdlife are superb, the trails narrows through well-defined path, but keep a sharp eye open for our guides and fellow trekkers. The morning’s walk is short and lunch in one of the few clearings made by the locals as grazing areas for their water buffalo. In the afternoon continue to ascend on the high ridge at about 2,650m, reaching here, the path contour and gradually descend to the campsite at Baradhara on the lovely pasture.


Day 07: Trek to Siklis 2,030 m -05hrs.

From the camp, slowly descend through thick forest towards the largest Gurung village in the Annapurna region at Siklis. The men folk of Siklis have long had the tradition of supplying some of the finest soldiers in the Gurkha Regiment to both the British and Indian armies. The huge ‘whaleback’ peak of Lamjung Himal 6,986m dominates the skyline above the village, a mere 10 kilometers away. Siklis a fascinating village perched in a beautiful location; here you will have opportunity to chat with ex-Gurkha soldiers who are only pleased to discuss their association with the British and Indian armies, campsite above the village provides stunning views, particularly at sunset and sunrise.


Day 08: At Siklis for local exploration.

Today at leisure free from packing, after a late breakfast, time for short walk around the village or catch up with the dairy.


Day 09: Trek to Hoga Goth 2,400 m - 05 hrs.

After a pleasant stop at Siklis heading towards North east direction in complete wilderness of rain forested area as the walk leads past farm fields of nice tended terraces with few ups and down trails crossing few icy streams and into dense forest then reaching a wide open area with some cattle herders shelters and huts and at Hoga Goth (a cattle herders small temporary settlements as well a wild honey hunters)

At Hoga Goth afternoon our guide and local expert leader will provide you with information on wild honey hunting of the area.


Day 10-11: At Hoga Goth hike to Wild Honey area near the glaciers.

These two days hike to Honey hives area hanging on high rocky cliff edge where our local guide will show you primitive technique using local materials bamboo ladders, ropes made from vines and then join the local early traditions of wild honey hunting.

Its origin started around Himalayan mid hills villages since past thousands of years, the traditional sport of wild honey hunting among villagers still exists, where you can take part in it or just observe the daring cultural adventure of old traditions.

Wild Honey Hunters of Nepal was well exposed in National Geography magazine with documentary films some two decades ago, now this tradition has become one of the best adventure sports where you can travel around remote and isolated villages where Wild Honey Hunting still takes its pristine forms.


Day 12: Trek back to Siklis - 05 hrs.

After a great adventure as practiced by Gurung and Magar tribe natives of Annapurna and Lamjung area, gaining much experience with enjoyable and daring wild honey hunting return on the same route back to Siklis for the drive back to Pokhara.


Day 13: Drive to Pokhara at Phewa Lake side of 2 hour drives.

After a fabulous time in the mid hills Eastern Annapurna and Lamjung Himal area morning taking an exciting on rough road past farm villages and fields to reach at famous and popular touristic place at Pokhara, blessed with nature of high Annapurna Himalayan and serene lakes Phewa and Begnas, at Pokhara transfer into a nice hotels by the lake Phewa.


Day 14: Drive or fly back to Kathmandu.

On catching morning views of massive Annapurna and majestic Mt. Machhapuchare ‘Fish Tail’ transfer to airport for short scenic flight back to Kathmandu, or take an overland drive of six hours.


Day 15: International departure for home ward bound.

As per your flight time our guide and staff transfers you at the airport after an enjoyable and great time on Wild Honey Hunting around Nepal Himalaya.


What are included ?

  • Airport pick up & Transfer to hotel.
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on BB basis (Tourist Standard Hotel to Five Star deluxe Hotel in Kathmandu as you prefer).
  • Honey hunting viewing charge
  • Few Spoons Wild honey for free tasting
  • Kathmandu valley sightseeing tour with private vehicle as mentioned  in itinerary.
  • Accommodation, fare, meal, equipment’s  and salary & Insurance for trekking guide and porters.
  • Government Tax.
  • Airport drop.

What are not included ?

  • Nepal Visa fee & Entrancee fees during kathmandu Tour.
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu.
  • Lunch & Dinner during Kathmandu stay.
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water.)
  • Bar bills (alcoholic drinks,  mineral water, cigarettes, client’s personal insurance and any kind of unforeseen and personal expenses.
  • Travel and rescue insurance.
  • Tips for guides and porters.
  • Emergency rescue evacuation if needed.

Important documents and items

  1. Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  2. Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  3. Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
  4. Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler’s checks, etc.
  5. Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).

General

Most of the tools and equipment used in the honey hunting evolved locally and is made of local materials like mountain bamboo and bamboo-based fiber materials. The description of different equipment used in honey hunting are  detailed in the following:

Prang (ladder)
Made from bamboo fiber, 70 meters long (depending upon the height of cliff) and 2 cm in diameter. The steps are made of wooden planks

Uab (Rope)
A kind of rope used for tightening the ladder to the tree trunk on the top of the cliff. It is made of bamboo fiber. Its length ranges from 5-10 meters depending upon the distance between tree trunk and the cliff

Pechho (Rope)
It is also a kind of rope used for hanging bamboo basket. It is made of Allo (Girardia diversifolia) fiber. Its length ranges between 50 – 70 meters

Korko/Tokari (Bamboo basket)
It is used for honey collection and is made of bamboo strips with the holding capacity of 20 liters

Chhyakal/Khaal (Basket lining)
Earlier lamb’s skin was used in the basket to prevent honey from leakage but plastic sheets are being used these days

Tango/Ghochma (Stick)
A bamboo stick fixed with a sickle or wooden plate at one end, which is used for cutting combs during honey hunting. It is about 7 meters long depending upon horizontal distance between nest and cliff end.

Saaton (Stick)
A bamboo stick similar to Tango but with notched end to fix the hook. It is also 7 meters long

Koili chho (Rope with hook)
A rope fixed with hook and made of locally available fiber materials. It is around 14 meters long and used for separating the brood portion from honeycomb

Koho chho (Fastening belt)
A rope used for fastening honey hunter to ladder for safety. It is made of local fiber materials

Chhora (Filter)
It is made of bamboo cortex for filtering honey

Donga (Wax pot)
It is made of wood and used for wax collection

Tuju (Rope)
It’s a rope being used to balance ladder by tightening in different points and positions

Whibe (Rope)
A rope made from bamboo fibers and used for manipulating ladder’s direction and positioning from the ground

Dabilo (Wooden knife)
Wooden or iron knife fixed to the one end of bamboo stick used for cutting brood combs